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This alcohol needs assessment (see PDF at bottom of page) provides an up-to-date picture about alcohol related harm in Lewisham and suggests how it can be addressed. It builds upon the previous alcohol needs assessment undertaken in 2009.

Alcohol plays an important role in society, being consumed by the majority of adults and making an important contribution to the economy. However, the consumption of alcohol has both health and social consequences, including related health problems and loss of economic activity. There is a direct dose-response relationship between alcohol consumption and risk of death1. Alcohol misuse also affects wider society through crime and adverse effects on inter-personal relationships. It is also well established that alcohol consumption contributes to traumatic outcomes through violence and injury. Alcohol harm costs London £2.5bn per annum.

This needs assessment was conducted between January and November 2011. Both quantitative and qualitative data was collected, analysed and interpreted from various sources and a review of current literature and guidance was conducted.

An expert group was set up to draw upon local expertise from a range of different local agencies working with alcohol clients or concerned about alcohol related harm. Its role was to advise on the development of the needs assessment; help with access to data and inform the recommendations arising from the needs assessment.

The expert group included representatives from: Lewisham Drug and Alcohol Action Team; Public Health Lewisham, South East London NHS; The Metropolitan Police; Job Centre Plus; The London Fire Brigade; The Lewisham Service User Council; Lewisham Safer Neighbourhood Team; Lewisham Probation Service; GP alcohol lead; Supporting People, Strategic Housing, Trading Standards and Licensing London Borough of Lewisham.


  1. White IR, Altmann DR, Nanchahal K. (2002). Alcohol consumption and mortality: modelling risks for men and women at different ages. BMJ, 325, 191-198, 2002




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